10th March 2017

Employers and apprentices from throughout South Devon were celebrated on Thursday 9th March at South Devon College’s Apprenticeship Awards Ceremony 2017, delivered in partnership with Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust.

 

The event, hosted at the Imperial Hotel Torquay, was a great opportunity to showcase the excellent success of apprentices and the positive impact they have had on local businesses and their community. Friends, family and employers were invited to share in the celebrations, with 200 people in attendance.

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There were a total of 25 apprentices nominated over 18 categories, having been shortlisted from over 1,300 apprentices on programme with the College. 13 local employers were also nominated in 3 categories, having been selected from nearly 700 businesses engaged in an apprenticeship.

Jane Viner, Director of Professional Practice, Nursing and People’s Experience at Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust was the evening’s key note speaker. She discussed the incredible benefit apprenticeships have had within the NHS across a wide range of sectors. Jane Viner was joined onstage by guest speakers Robin Thompson, Operations Manager at the Imperial Hotel and Jamie Carruthers, Brand Advocate from Pro:Direct Sport who both stressed the importance of hiring apprentices and the value they bring to their organisations.

At the end of the evening the College also crowned its ‘Apprentice of the Year’ which was awarded to Ricky Collyer from Newton Abbot. Ricky, 23 also won the Best Level 3 Apprentice Award for his dedication and consistent excellence in Carpentry and Joinery. Ricky works with Bovey Construction and also won Bronze in last year’s National Final of CITB Skillbuild- the UK’s biggest construction skills competition.

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Stephen Criddle, Principal of South Devon College, said: “The Apprenticeship Awards Ceremony was another wonderful evening to celebrate the many brilliant apprentices who are really transforming the local economy. As an apprentice employer ourselves, we know first-hand the value that apprentices bring to any business, and the pride we experience as they flourish, develop their skills and help the organisation move forward and grow.

 

Everyone nominated to receive an award tonight should be incredibly proud of themselves and their achievements, having been shortlisted from over 1,300 other apprentices. I’m sure friends, family, employers and everyone associated from the College will join me in congratulating our younger and older winners, and I have no doubt that they will all go on to achieve great things.”

 

 

Full list of award winners:

 

SPECIAL AWARD FOR MATHS AND ENGLISH

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Joseph Caunter, Plumbing Apprentice

HIGHLY COMMENDED: James Brackenbury, Carpentry Apprentice

JOINT WINNERS: Joseph Caunter and James Brackenbury

 

 

BEST PROGRESS AWARD

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Andrea Savva, Customer Service Apprentice

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Jack Taylor, Computing Apprentice

WINNER: Darren Lee, Sport and Fitness Apprentice

 

BEST PROGRESSION AWARD

 

WINNER: Daniel Tucker, Plumbing Apprentice

 

 

MOST RESILIENT APPRENTICE

Sponsored by KJT Group Ltd

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Graham Collins, Carpentry Apprentice

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Connor Bunyard, Painting & Decorating Apprentice

WINNER: Sian Crawley, Business Administration Apprentice

 

 

BEST PROFESSIONAL SKILLS AWARD

Sponsored by Aston and Fincher

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Jack Murrell, Creative Digital & Media Apprentice

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Abbie Clarke, Sport and Fitness Apprentice

WINNER: Catherine Johns, Hairdressing Apprentice

 

 

BEST PRACTICAL SKILLS

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Charles Collingsworth, Carpentry Apprentice

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Chester Walters, Horticulture Apprentice

WINNER: Michael Sandercock, Plumbing Apprentice

 

 

 

BEST LEVEL 2 APPRENTICE

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Michael Heyse, Plumbing Apprentice  

JOINT WINNERS: Sally Matthews, Business Administration Apprentice and Susan Goodwright, Business Administration Apprentice

 

 

 

BEST LEVEL 3 APPRENTICE AWARD

Sponsored by City Electrical Factors Ltd

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Daniel Fox, Engineering Apprentice

HIGHLY COMMENDED: James Brackenbury, Plumbing Apprentice

WINNER: Ricky Collyer, Carpentry Apprentice.

 

 

BEST ATTENDANCE AWARD

Sponsored by WEMCO Ltd

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Rebecca May, Science Apprentice

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Ryan Fincham, Horticulture Apprentice

WINNER: Oban Jones, Science Apprentice

 

 

BEST SMALL BUSINESS AWARD

Sponsored by Boyce Hatton Solicitors

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Casting Support Systems Ltd

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Yeomans (SW) Ltd

WINNER: Avenue Dental Surgery

 

 

BEST LARGE BUSINESS AWARD

Sponsored by South West Water

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Rowcroft Hospice

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust

WINNER: Gooch and Housego

 

 

 

BEST ASSESSOR TRAINING OFFICER AWARD

Sponsored by Fielding Financial

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Anthony Sutton, Engineering

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Jo Joyce, Hairdressing team

WINNER: John Langston, Horticulture team

 

 

 

BEST ASSESSOR

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Mandy Nagy, Hospitality and Catering

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Ian Martin Engineering

WINNER: Jim Macaulay, Engineering

 

 

BEST TRAINING OFFICER AWARD

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Lenka Rowsell, Sport and Fitness

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Jo Bowden, Computing

WINNER: Antony Sutton, Engineering

 

 

 

 

BEST LECTURER

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Gary Stephens, Sport and Fitness

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Tyrone Goswell, Plastering

WINNER: Steve Endicott, Plumbing

 

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO APPRENTICESHIPS AWARD

Sponsored by Gooch and Housego

 

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Tor Lodge Dental Practice

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Jo Bowden, Computing

WINNER: Gary Stephens, Sport and Fitness

 

 

 

BEST AMBASSADOR FOR APPRENTICESHIPS AWARD

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Antony Sutton, Engineering

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Amber Pursey, Engineering

WINNER: Lynn Squire, Sport and Fitness team

 

 

 

APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR AWARD

 

WINNER: Ricky Collyer

 

 

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